Sugar in­dus­try looks up de­spite weather

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THROUGH­PUT at Isis Mill for week eight was 61,826 tonnes.

The mill has now pro­cessed 423,728 tonnes of cane for the 2014 sea­son.

CCS con­tin­ues to rise with the weekly av­er­age reach­ing 13.70 units and the year to date CCS fig­ure now stands at 13.50 units.

Bin weight for the week reached 6.38 tonnes.

The 2014 es­ti­mate has risen from 1,074,000 to 1,130,000 tonnes of cane.

This is good news for the Isis re­gion, which has been im­pacted by both drought and frost dur­ing 2014.

While the es­ti­mate is only a fore­cast and de­duc­tions need to be made for plants, it is likely the mill will crush a crop close to 1,100,000 tonnes.

The in­creased avail­able crop can be at­trib­uted to a num­ber of fac­tors.

Th­ese in­clude the later start to the sea­son, which max­imised growth, the in­clu­sion of some drought-af­fected cane that was not in­cluded in the es­ti­mate that was sub­se­quently frosted and had to be har­vested and the util­i­sa­tion of mul­ti­pli­ers, which is al­low­ing grow­ers to har­vest vir­tu­ally any sized crop prof­itably.

The sig­nif­i­cant rain event has also helped, along with bet­ter than ex­pected re­sults from a num­ber of va­ri­eties in­clud­ing KQ228, Q240 and Q238.

The re­gion’s econ­omy is re­liant on the sugar in­dus­try to pro­vide in­come for grow­ers and em­ploy­ees who de­rive a liv­ing from sugar cane.

The ex­tra through­put will lighten the bur­den the dis­trict is car­ry­ing after re­peated un­favourable weather events, and is good news for grow­ers.

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